These are great for gifting, even to yourself. Hang them out a window and enjoy the birds that will thank you for a little Christmas treat. I first got the idea from Better Homes & Garden’s recent holiday magazine. However, I made many changes including adding the cayenne to deter squirrels and deer from eating them.
I oiled the inside of each ornament which made them easier to slide out when firm—which takes about 24 hours in a cool zone such as a garage. Trying to poke a hole through each one for hanging purposes, only caused them to crack. Instead, I used a glue gun to adhere raffia to the backs.
Individually wrap in small cellophane bags , if desired.
- 3 cups birdseed
- 3/4 cup flour
- 3/4 cup water
- 6 Tbsp. corn syrup
- 1-2 Tbsp. cayenne, + more for sprinkling on top
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Place wax paper on a large rimmed baking sheet, and arrange oiled ornaments on wax paper.
- Spoon mixture into ornaments, pressing down with a rubber spatula to even out.
- Let dry for 24 hours, preferably in a cool spot like a garage.
- When firm, press out the ornaments. Glue-gun looped raffia or twine to the backs for hanging.